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Lib Dems should shoulder some blame for austerity, says UN

THE Liberal Democrats must take their share of the blame for Tory austerity which has plunged 14 million people into poverty, the United Nations said today.

In a damning report released by the UN human rights council this week, the Lib Dems’ decision to form a coalition government with the Tories in 2010 is blamed for enabling ideologically driven policies, with “tragic social consequences.”

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston said the results of the austerity measures were “crystal clear.”

They include: “Fourteen million people living in poverty, record levels of hunger and homelessness, falling life expectancy for some groups, ever fewer community services and greatly reduced policing, while access to the courts for lower-income groups has been dramatically rolled back by cuts to legal aid.”

Current Lib Dem leader Vince Cable was business secretary in then prime minister David Cameron’s coalition government.

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